What do you mean, I can’t keep them?

August 8th, 2006 | 4 Comments

Remember these?

Lace books on my coffee table

I’ve had them for oh, five weeks now, and managed to leaf through all of them several times. I’ve taken notes on stitch patterns I liked, stitch patterns I might be able to modify, and otherwise drowned in happy knitting goodness.

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Book Review: Inspired Cable Knits

July 25th, 2006 | 2 Comments

Cover of Inspired Cable Knits

Author: Fiona Ellis
Publisher: Potter Craft
Rating: 5 Skeins
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When I first got Inspired Cable Knits, I couldn’t stop leafing through it. This book sat on my nightstand for days, and every night before going to bed, I would page through it, stopping to admire the unique cablework and the elegant design in virtually every project in this book.

The only thing that stopped me was that a friend borrowed the book right off the bat so she could knit the yoga mat bag.

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Book Review: A Gathering of Lace

June 30th, 2006 | 2 Comments

Cover of A Gathering of Lace

Author: Meg Swansen
Publisher: XRX, Inc.
Rating: 4 Skeins
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I never fancied myself a shawl-wearer, but this book may have made a convert out of me. A Gathering of Lace includes a huge variety of gorgeous shawls. My favorites are the Feather & Fan Shawl (p. 56) and the Frost Flowers & Leaves Shawl (p. 59).

This book is a true gathering of lace; the projects are diverse, both in type and in construction. Projects range from stoles, shawls, and shrugs to socks, hats–the Picture Hat (p. 142) is truly amazing, gloves, and pillows. The construction of all the projects is highly varied, as are the required yarns. Needles sizes for projects range from 000 for the Magickal Earth Shawl (p. 74) to 10 for the large Faroese Shawl (p. 32), Spiral Shawl (p. 79), and Super-Spiral Shawl (p. 82).

I think it’s safe to say that you could knit all the projects in this book without ever feeling like you’re just doing a variation on a theme.

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